2010 Super Bowl Commercials

February 9, 2010 by  
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One of the best parts of the Super Bowl is watching the commercials. With the high cost to air a commercial during the big game, most advertisers want to make a commercial that will make an impact and be remembered.

For me, the best commercial this year was by CBS for their “Late Show With David Letterman” promo. The surprise twist at the end with Jay Leno sitting on the same couch as David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey made me laugh out loud, especially knowing about the bitter feud between the two hosts. I read a very interesting article about “The Late Show” commercial was secretly filmed, and discusses how David Letterman also wanted Conan O’Brien to appear in the ad.

Some of my other favorite commercials this year were by Kia (with the toys partying to a catchy song by The Heavy), Hyundai (with the un-retired Brett Farve winning MVP in ten years), and E*TRADE (the baby talking to his girlfriend as she questions what he has been up to).

I have to give an honorable mention to FLO TV for their commercial that included many historical television clips set to Will.i.am’s remix of “My Generation” by The Who.

Watch “The Late Show With David Letterman” commercial:

Watch the Kia Sorento commercial:

Watch the Hyundai Sonata commercial with Brett Farve:

Watch the E*TRADE commercial with the talking baby and his girlfriend:

Watch the FLO TV commercial:

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The Legacy Of Conan O’Brien

January 21, 2010 by  
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This morning, it was announced that NBC reached a deal for Conan O’Brien to leave “The Tonight Show.” Click here to read an interesting article about the entire situation and exit deal.

When Jay Leno left “The Tonight Show” at the end of May 2009, he shared the legacy that he was leaving behind; the legacy was a large number of staff members’ children that were born during Jay’s tenure hosting the show. Conan O’Brien shared his legacy during the short seven month time period as host, which ended up being a large family of hamsters.

Since it was very likely that this would be the last week with Conan as host, many celebrities are coming to “The Tonight Show” to say bye. Last night, Ed Helms stopped by the show to sing a song. Also, a popular character last seen on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” made an appearance last night.

Watch the legacy of Conan O’Brien:

Watch Ed Helms sing a special song for Conan:

Watch an old character return for a quick reunion:

The bear was last seen on February 17, 2009, when he was frozen to be preserved:

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Animation Will Explain The NBC Late Night Situation

January 20, 2010 by  
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Someone in Hong Kong put together an animated news video to help explain the NBC talk show situation.

On a different note, I found a video with Jay Leno explaining his point of view about the situation.

Watch the Chinese computer animation:

Watch Jay Leno explain his side of the story:

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An Analogy To Explain The NBC Situation

January 18, 2010 by  
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In an attempt to explain NBC’s situation between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno, Seth Meyers shared a humorous analogy this past weekend on “Saturday Night Live.” Seth sets up the analogy by telling one of the best jokes of the week.

On a different note, Jimmy Fallon shared his thoughts about the situation last week; Jimmy said he was thankful to have a job, and then he ended his comments with a funny analogy.

Watch Seth’s analogy about Conan and Jay:

Watch Jimmy Fallon respond to the NBC situation:

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Late Night Talk Show For Sale

January 15, 2010 by  
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The recent problems at NBC may be ugly for Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, but it has been a winning situation for late night viewers this week.

Aside from many funny moments, such as Conan selling his talk show on Craigslist, the situation has also been tense. Not only did David Letterman make a plea to Jay Leno to do the right thing, but Jimmy Kimmel told off Jay while being a guest on “The Jay Leno Show” yesterday.

The question is, did Jimmy Kimmel go too far?

Conan O’Brien is selling “The Tonight Show” on Craigslist:

Conan received an offer to star in an adult film:

David Letterman wants Jay Leno to do the right thing:

Jimmy Kimmel on “The Jay Leno Show” in some uncomfortable moments:

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Funny Jokes About NBC Talk Show Problem

January 13, 2010 by  
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All of the late night talk show hosts had a few jokes last night about the Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien fiasco at NBC. Jay Leno joked about being fired and Conan O’Brien discussed his options for the future. While David Letterman stuck to a traditional monologue, Jimmy Kimmel dressed up as Jay Leno.

Here are last night’s jokes from both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien:

Here is David Letterman’s monologue from last night:

Here is Jimmy Kimmel Live (or is it Jay Leno Live?):

Here is Jimmy Kimmel (as Jay Leno) doing those funny Headlines:

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Conan O’Brien Takes A Stand

January 12, 2010 by  
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Conan O'BrienIt is no secret that I am a fan of Conan O’Brien.

The big news in the late night talk show industry recently has been NBC trying to handle the issue of working out a new schedule. Prime-time’s “The Jay Leno Show” has had low ratings, but that is not the main problem for the network; the problem is with many NBC affiliates complaining about a domino effect resulting in lower ratings for local newscasts.

NBC’s most recent solution is to move “The Jay Leno Show” to the timeslot inbetween local newscasts and “The Tonight Show,” which will result in “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to both air at a later time.

In a bold move earlier today, Conan O’Brien announced that he will not be a part of this new schedule. It now looks like Jay Leno will be given the hosting duties of “The Tonight Show” for a second time.

If NBC doesn’t find another solution, then I will find it to be a terrible shame that Conan wasn’t given a real opportunity as the new host of “The Tonight Show.”

Here is Conan’s statment:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,

Conan

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The Legacy Of Jay Leno

May 30, 2009 by  
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Last night was Jay Leno’s final show as host of “The Tonight Show.” In September, Jay will host a new talk show in prime time on NBC.


Watch the entire final episode with guests Conan O’Brien and James Taylor

To close the show, Jay discusses the legacy he will leave behind him:

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